List of Community Events

Volunteers Needed at Japanese Garden – July 9th

The Portland Japanese Garden needs 3 volunteers with origami experience to help children make origami ornaments for their Tanabata Festival on July 9th from 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Once the ornaments are made, the volunteers help the children hang them on pieces of bamboo.  They’re also looking for one volunteer to help brew and serve a traditional barley tea. […]

Cross-Border Learning Journey in Tohoku – Apply by July 15th

Spend a week in Japan working with other U.S. and Japanese leaders to solve the challenges and problems facing local people in Tohoku. This program is hosted by WIT (World in Tohoku). You’ll tour sites in the Tohoku Region to see first-hand the restoration process from the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011, and work in […]

Japanese Language Classes for Business: July 11 – Aug 31

Learn Japanese with JASO’s Japanese Language Classes for Business this summer. Dates: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 6-8pm, from July 11 – August 31 Courses: Beginning Japanese for Business, Intermediate Japanese for Business, Advanced-Intermediate Japanese for Business Instructor: Dr. Emiko Konomi Ph.D., Japanese Language Instructor, Masters in International Management @ PSU. Read Dr. Konomi’s profile here. Description JASO […]

en Taiko Fundraising Concert – June 18th

Dynamic children’s drumming group en Taiko will perform new compositions for koto & taiko by Mitsuki Dazai as a fundraiser to support their non-profit, whose mission is to “foster a community where participants from various ethnic backgrounds work together to create music while learning the cultural traditions of others”. When: 2:30pm, Sunday June 18th Where: Da Vinci Middle School […]

JASO Annual Dinner – June 20th

Join the Japan-American Society of Oregon and their keynote speaker Ambassador Tadashi Nagai for an evening of fine food, good friends, entertainment and education as they celebrate their 61st annual gathering. When: June 20th, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM Where: Hilton (921 SW 6th Ave) Thomas Lauderdale (of Pink Martini) will make a guest appearance on piano, joining Mr. Nagai on flute […]

Saké Fest PDX – June 21st

Portlanders will gather to experience the finest Japanese and US saké brands, as part of the 7th annual Saké Fest PDX. Saké Fest PDX is the only event of its kind in the Northwest.  Tickets include food and all saké sampling stations – even rare & premium saké varieties – while learning how to pair the […]

JASO Japanese Beer Garden – July 14th

Japan America Society of Oregon is hosting a  Japanese Beer Garden with cold beer, great food, music, and yukata! When: Friday, July 14, 6:30pm-9pm Where: Ecotrust 3F Terrace, 721 NW 9th Ave., Portland, OR More info/tickets.

Marc P. Keane Lecture “Japanese Garden Notes: Seeing Through a Designer’s Eye” – August 26th

Marc P. Keane is a landscape architect and author of multiple books on Japanese garden design and history, including the newly-published Japanese Garden Notes: A Visual Guide to Elements and Design (Stone Bridge Press). The Portland Japanese Garden’s own Curators, Diane Durston and Sadafumi Uchiyama, jointly wrote that the book “sheds light on the intricate and often […]


The Portland Chapter of JETAA (The JET Program Alumni Association) was created to serve the bonds of friendship developed by the program participants. JETAA’s purpose is to achieve, through its activities, a broader and deeper understanding between Japan and the other countries participating in the program.